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Merchandise Mart

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Merchandise Mart

Time Out says

Built during the 1920s by Marshall Field & Co., Merchandise Mart is the world's largest commercial building, spanning two full city blocks and rising 25 stories high. The building houses furniture showrooms and retail shops, and hosts numerous trade shows and community events each year. In 2007, the Mart was declared the largest LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental and Design for Existing Buildings) in the world.


222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Cross street:
between Wells and Orleans Sts
El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 11, 125.
Opening hours:
Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat 10am–3pm
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What’s on

Art on theMART

  • Film and video

Projecting a 25-story-tall video installation on the side of the Merchandise Mart, Art on theMart's summer program includes Ba Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop—an original video work by hometown artist Nick Cave featuring his iconic Soundsuits—as well as Billiken, which celebrates Chicago's annual Bud Billiken Parade depicting video and animated footage of the parade's youth dance groups and marching bands.  Art on theMART's array of 34 digital projectors display the programs at 9pm every evening. The show is best viewed from the section of the Chicago Riverwalk between Wells Street and Franklin Street.

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